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Fall Color Tour

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Michigan Fall Colors

Autumn has a full color palate in Oceana County.  Leaves of deep crimson, glorious golds, rich siennas and umbers are balanced by the dark green spruces, pines and the brilliant blues of the lakes and sky. Bountiful harvests of apples and pears color our orchards and plump orange pumpkins and multi-colored squash ripen in the fields. Our temperatures, moderated by Lake Michigan, mean crisp mornings give way to warm days well into October-lots of time for you to enjoy a weekend (or more!) for a color tour with many outdoor activities.

Take a drive in the country or a jeep or buggy tour. How about a ride or stroll on the Hart-Montague Rail Trail, and a canoe or boat trip on one of our inland lakes or rivers. Be sure to stop and check out the fascinating and fun attractions along the way. And of course, while you're here, indulge your tastebuds at one of our roadside farm markets and orchards. The possibilities are as plentiful as the harvest in Oceana County.

 
Silver Lake: Visit Little Sable Point Lighthouse.  Take a ride over the Silver Lake Sand Dunes and witness a majestic view of the Lake Michigan shoreline. Join a dune buggy tour with Mac Woods or drive your own dune buggy or jeep (rentals are available) through October. Visit Fox Box Winery and pick up some fresh apple cider or delicious fruit wine.

Historic Downtown Hart: Stroll the downtown district. Enjoy shopping and dining in this small lakeside area. Spend the night. Stay for the evening or weekend at any of our local hotels. 

Mears: After visiting Silver Lake, be sure to stop in Mears. Take time to see the Oceana County Historical Transportation Museum. 

The Hart-Montague Rail Trail is a 22 mile linear state park. The entire trail is at least a 10-foot wide paved trail through rich farm land, forests and quaint villages. There are many stops along the way to rest or catch a bite to eat. Start your trip at the Trail Head in downtown Hart, and enjoy your scenic tour of our beautiful area.

Bring your canoe or boat to enjoy the beauty of the season from a different point of view. Public launches and boat ramps can be found at Hart Lake and Silver Lake. Or, enjoy one of our many rivers. You can also rent a canoe, kayak, tube, or raft at Happy Mohawk Canoe Livery and experience the scenic White River.

Whether coming from the North or South, start your adventure by following US-31 to the Webster Road Exit. Turn West and follow B-15 along the lake shore through rolling wooded hillsides, orchards with ripe apples and beautiful vistas of Lake Michigan, Stony Lake, Silver Lake, and Pentwater Lake. Turn East on Monroe Road in Pentwater to Oceana Drive. Turn South on Oceana Drive to Tyler Road. Turn South on State Street. Turn East on Polk Road to return to Oceana Drive. Follow Oceana Drive South to M-20 and head West to get back to US-31. Listed below are some points of interest:
 
Silver Lake:

  • Visit the Little Pointe Sable Lighthouse. Turn West at the corner B-15 and Silver Lake Road. Following the winding paved road to the Little Pointe Sable State Park. 
  • Take a ride over the Silver Lake Sand Dunes and witness a majestic view of the lake shore. Take a dune buggy tour with Mac Woods or drive a dune buggy or jeep (rentals are available). 
  • Visit Fox Box Winery and pick up some fresh apple cider or delicious fruit wine.

Historic Downtown Hart:

  • Stroll the downtown district. Enjoy shopping and dinning in this small lake side area. 
  • Spend the night. Stay for the evening or weekend at any of our local hotels. 

Mears:

  • After visiting Silver Lake, be sure to stop into Mears. Take time to see the Oceana County Historical Transportation Museum. 

The Hart-Montague Rail Trail is a 22 mile linear state park. The entire trail is at least a 10-foot wide paved trail through rich farm land, forests and through quaint villages. There are many stops along the way to rest or catch a bite to eat. Start your trip at the Trail Head in downtown Hart, and enjoy your scenic tour of our beautiful area.

Bring your canoe or boat to enjoy the beauty of the season from a different point of view. Public launches and boat ramps can be found at Hart Lake and Silver Lake. Or, enjoy one of our many rivers for boating. You can also rent a canoe, kayak, tube, or raft at Happy Mohawk Canoe Livery and experience the scenic White River.